| Nov 29, 2013
| 5:14 AM
Every year, retailers slash prices on and around Thanksgiving, enticing bargain hunters to brave large crowds and long lines in order to get great deals.
And every year there are reports of violence and confrontations.
While reports say less Americans...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 2:30 AM
I won't. Never will, either, and you have my word printed here in black and white. I don't care how enticing a discount, how wonderful the product. I will not shop on Thanksgiving. Ever.
Enough is enough. Leave Turkey Day alone. Keep it free of the...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 10:28 AM
China recently rejected a 60,000-ton shipment of American corn because it included unapproved genetically modified grain, the country’s food-quality watchdog said.
The shipment was halted in the southern port city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong,...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Retailers slammed with preparations for the Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping bonanza last month added 471,000 workers to payrolls -- a number that fell 4.7% short of the record 494,400 seasonal employees brought on board during November 2012.
| Nov 29, 2013
| 10:47 AM
As his family prepared to gather at grandma's house, Cameron Ligocki arrived at a Best Buy in Downers Grove at noon on Thanksgiving Day -- six hours before it opened -- to buy a 39-inch Insignia TV for $169.
His family "got a little mad" about him...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
I groggily looked at the alarm clock, which registered 2:30 a.m. Time to get up and honor a commitment I apparently made to my 15-year-old-daughter less than six hours earlier:
Drive her and her friends to Black Friday sales.
I have served as...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 6:20 PM
If you weren't willing to skip dessert on Thanksgiving to hit the stores, or rise early to join the masses on Black Friday, I don't blame you.
But don't be a lazy gift giver who plucks something lame at the last minute, like a membership in a fruitcake-...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 11:43 AM
The Saturday after the Thanksgiving holiday has, in recent years, been dubbed “Small Business Saturday.” Last year, President Obama spent Small Business Saturday at a local independent bookstore in Virginia -- he and his daughters bought 15...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 4:39 PM
In some nondescript boardroom at ABC, a room full of suits sat around mulling ideas for potential holiday specials. At some point came this pitch: “All the kids love Lady Gaga, and everyone loves the Muppets -- so how about the two cozy up together?...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 8:19 AM
Online sales swelled 10.3% this holiday season compared with the same period in 2012, with massive surges in mobile use, according to the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark.
During the fourth quarter, mobile traffic made up nearly 35% of all online visits,...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 1:28 PM
Thanksgiving isn’t just for stuffing your face with turkey, watching Charlie Brown on TV and then splurging on electronics at Black Friday sales.
The holiday also launches the season of TV holiday specials anchored by musicians.
Lady Gaga will...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 9:39 AM
The Fleshtones. Uncle Tupelo. Charles Bradley. If those names mean anything to you, chances are you already know how you're spending this post-Thanksgiving day of shopping.
Indie retailers throughout the country, and many in the L.A. area, are once...